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“The People’s Cannon” – Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeon Masters hate them: How one party converted 15 filthy peasants into an over-powered railgun of death using 1 weird trick!

Not to be confused with “The People’s Cannon”, a Magic the Gathering deck using a similarly OP dynamic.

The past weekend, I attended the third annual Queen City Anifest as a volunteer. I walked the perimeter and handed out water to vendors mostly, and had a pretty good time. After my shift, I sat down at the D&D table and joined a rousing game.
We stayed to talk to the Dungeon Master after the game. During our conversation, he described the time he experienced what may well be one of the most hilarious, game-breaking logic bugs ever encountered. This super-combo move is called “The People’s Cannon” (or as I like to call it, “The Caber Toss of Doom”).

It really just boils down to the interaction between 2 rules:

  1. Players with high charisma can ask villagers to do simple tasks.
  2. Simple actions – such as passing a 10 foot pole – take 1 second of in-game time to complete.

Firing the Cannon:

  • Two players request something like 15 villagers to follow them to the lair of some incredibly powerful monster.
  • Once the monster is in sight, a player requests the villagers stand single file with 10 feet between each.
  • The players then stand at either end of the line and instruct the villagers to pass on whatever is handed to them.
  • The first player passes a 10-foot pole to the first villager, who then passes it to the next, and so on.
    (Remember, only 1 second passes between when the first player hands off the pole to when the second player receives it. Therefore, by the time it reaches the end of the line, it must be moving at 150 feet per second. That’s over 100 miles per hour!)
  • The second player – who must be quite strong – then throws the high-velocity pole directly at the monster.
  • This move deals critical damage almost inevitably, assuming your roll was successful.

With this method, you are essentially able to fire an NPC-Powered Railgun at will, making your party veritable gods amongst men.

It is worth noting, however, that virtually no dungeon masters will actually allow this to play out. That said, they’ll probably get a kick out of you trying. Generally, game-breaking bugs are at the discretion of the DM to fix ad-hoc.

Editors Note: Obviously, this post is a bit of a break from our “regularly scheduled programming”, but so is everything on this site. What is regular, anyway?

 

Using HTML to Make Your Email Look Fancy!

UPDATE: I simplified my email signature significantly

Carter D. Lovelace

Journeyman Web Designer | Strategy Lab Marketing

306.537.1357
carter@strategylab.ca


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Here’s how it looks on a mobile device.

So I’ve just decided to up and write a proper fancy signature for my email, being the web designer that I am.
As you can see by the picture, it looks pretty snazzy!
Below is how it is supposed to look, and below that is the actual code I wrote for it. As you may be able to tell, not all of the styling I did carried over to Gmail but enough did for it to look alright.


May all your adventures be worthy of telling,
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Strategy Lab Journeyman
(306) 537-1357

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all the images i used to photoshop together that abomination on the homepage

Not that anybody is, but in case you’re wondering: Here’s how I crafted the unholy, unliving thing which greets weary visitors upon reaching the homepage – Frey, the Machination.

So basicaly, I just started rippin shit together in Photoshop and using every tool, filter, and panel available. Hell, maybe I should actually make a tutorial on that… But not right now. Where was I?

Right, ok then I saved each segment of the body as separate PNGs and used tinypng.com to compress them to load more quickly. Then came the tedious part.

The Advanced LayerSlider WP plugin is an amazing tool and shockingly effective but damn if it isn’t an ineffective animation tool. It’s all tweaking numbers and percentages to make the damn things move, it’s hard to keep everything where you want it to be. That said, I did clearly succeed to some extent.

You may notice that it looks a bit different on different sized screens, that’s because I actually made an alternate version of the slider which only appears on mobile in order to be more easily used on smartphones and tablets.

Uh… so here’s most of the random images I Frankenstein’d together to make that thing (the hair and headset are just from an old photo of me):

Making Peking Duck – “Honk Chef”

It took 9 hours, countless ingredients, and a whole ass air compressor to pull it off, but the results were amazing!

In 2018, I was a member of a Discord server known as the “Honk Lounge”, wherin I decided to run my mouth against a member with the role of “Master Chef”, leading to a challenge I just could not refuse.
You heard me right: This whole thing was done as an exercise in ego boosting, putting my money where my mouth was.

This video was meant to feature both my entry and Huahua’s entries edited together like a cooking challenge show (hence the opening animation) but that ended up being too difficult to cut together using just a short, static photo of Huahua issuing the original challenge and 2 photos of his completed dish.